The Portuguese Program students participated in a virtual visit May 12 to the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM). Previously scheduled to be on site, the visit had be reoraganized as virtual due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The tour was guided in Portuguese by curatorial fellow Michaela Blanc. Students had the opportunity to visit the exhibition of renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, who is making her first solo show in the US. Entitled Valkyrie Mumbet, the exhibition is devoted to ‘inspiring women’ and honors Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts.
The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) is affiliated with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and describes itself as “Boston’s newest museum, a space to experience works by visionary artists at the forefront of contemporary art. As MassArt’s teaching museum, we are committed to educating and empowering the next generation of artists—both on our campus and throughout the world.” The museum is a non-collecting museum with no permanent collection.